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      09-08-2015, 11:31 AM   #1
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i8 Spyder release date [Update: BMW i8 Spyder Debuting in Near Future]

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December 4, 2015

Even though it's been three long years since the BMW i8 Spyder debuted in concept form at the the 2012 Beijing motor show, the automaker is finally getting ready to turn concept into reality.

BMW CEO Harald Krueger told the German newspaper Handelsblatt that a production version of the i8 Concept Spyder will make its debut in the near future.

The Spyder version of BMW's M1-channelling plug-in hybrid has been delayed a number of times since its introduction in concept form, even though it was evident at the Beijing motor show that the car was close to production and that there was nothing implausible or unsolvable about the way it was designed.

So it was a bit surprising that a full three years passed with BMW declining to move ahead on the project.

In concept form, the i8 Spyder featured removable top panels and a redesigned B-pillar and rear cowl, while retaining the door hinge mechanisms of the coupe. The bodywork over the engine and electric motor was also substantially similar to that of the coupe, though a number of elements were certainly different to accomodate the removable roof piece.

In production form, the i8 Spyder is expected to keep its powerplant, though we wouldn't rule out a larger battery since technology has moved on a bit since the i8 was introduced. The current version packs a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-three gas engine paired with two electric motors and a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery. The powertrain is good for a combined 357 hp, which allows sprints to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

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Does anyone know if the i8 Spyder is actually going to make it into production? I have heard it on good authority from someone who works within the i8 division that there are still plans to produce the car, but there is no information online (that i can find!).
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      09-10-2015, 12:15 PM   #2
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I also just heard it on very good authority that the car will exist, but nothing official
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Look for an announcement coming soon. Frankfurt or LA, I hear...
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Coming by 2017...

http://www.leftlanenews.com/bmw-i8-s...oon-90391.html
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      12-04-2015, 01:23 PM   #5
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i8 Plus ?

Perhaps this give a hint seen in this weeks Autotrader (UK)

i8 Plus doesn't sound like the name for a convertible

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News coming soon...
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it says BMW M1 above the BMW M2 guessing the M1 is the 100th anniversary supercaR?
There is no 100th anniversary Supercar.
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The list above is mainly full of fails. Porsche Mission E release 2017? Absolutely will not happen in production form. Focus RS is just rumors, maybe happen, sometimes, most likely not for sale during 2016. Asterion is not going to production at all, Urus is Lambo's shot for new market, don't expect new GT from them. And so on. I suppose this i8 Plus is just dropped there since "i8 facelift" should happen sometimes within two years. And it may come as Plus -version or just i8 with updated internals.

The list doesn't tell i8 Spyder is coming that is one of the facts we know now - maybe Geneva 2016?!
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Ummm… "The 2016 Ford Focus RS will begin production in late 2015 and is expected to go on sale in Spring 2016." MSRP: $36,605. (Source: Ford)

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There is no 100th anniversary Supercar.

In general, will there be anything special for the 100th anniversary ?

I mean could be an M2 csl/gts or an i8 plus/M or even something very very new and sporty for few people ..

yes/no santa ?
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News coming soon...
it says BMW M1 above the BMW M2 guessing the M1 is the 100th anniversary supercaR?
it's going to be an M version of the 5-door hatchback!

We had heard rumours of this during the M2 development so that's what this likely is!
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There is no 100th anniversary Supercar.
But a supercar for 2017/8?
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Maybe the spider will share some of the 7 series technology like gesture control and self parking.

That would be a great addition and set it more apart from the regular i8. Then they can add those to the regular i8 LCI update.
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it says BMW M1 above the BMW M2 guessing the M1 is the 100th anniversary supercaR?
There is no 100th anniversary Supercar.
100th anniversary something
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100th anniversary something
Probably just some stupid special edition 3 or 5 series, like the 30 jahre...
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"So it was a bit surprising that a full three years passed with BMW declining to move ahead on the project."

This statement is incorrect. BMW didn't decline the project at all. BMW launched the i8 Coupe first and let it stand alone in the spotlight and marketplace.

The Spyder was always going to be built but within a certain timeframe after the coupe.

The i8 didn't go through two approvals by the Board of Directors, it went through only one.

With the old model for BMW model gestation was seven years from proposal to the board of directors and subsequent approval to dealership.

The i8 Spyder is on it's way and will have the world stage to it's self as planned by BMW AG.

The BMW i lineup will grow and the addition of the Spyder will be a great halo car.
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Ummm… "The 2016 Ford Focus RS will begin production in late 2015 and is expected to go on sale in Spring 2016." MSRP: $36,605. (Source: Ford)
Oops, I meant this rumoured "lightweight RS". Normal RS is so last season, almost one year ago when I saw it in Geneva...
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it says BMW M1 above the BMW M2 guessing the M1 is the 100th anniversary supercaR?
There is no 100th anniversary Supercar.
No offence but what a disappointment and wasted opportunity
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How do I get that blue picture of the i8 from the main page? That's a really nice shot of the concept vehicle.
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